As a sort of half-Christmas, half-birthday gift, Theresa asked that I do her solar return for the year. Now, for those of you who do not know, a solar return is a chart set for the time when the sun returns to its position in the nativity for every following year. This is a common predictive tool, as the chart foretells what is likely to occur in the next year of life. Please note, I’m somewhat of an amateur at this, as I don’t have much experience reading them apart from my own that I’ve glanced over, so let’s see how it goes.
Obviously, that concentration in the First house tells us that this year the main concern is going to be on yourself and your health. There is a certain fixed star right on the Ascendant of this chart, Ras Alhague which is the forehead of Ophiuchus. This star is said to be associated with mental and imaginative capabilities, which sounds pretty good for our Theresa’s writing, however, the negative associations of this star are said to be contamination by toxins, dependency on drugs, and a danger from animals bites. I’m a little concerned about this because the lord of Theresa’s health is the depressed Jupiter in Capricorn, with the lord of sickness being Mercury in the First house (signifying illness is already in Theresa) and the sinister Square Saturn casts to the Ascendant. Stock up on those multi-vitamins now, Theresa (but not the daily kind that has like 1600% of the daily value, such a waste).
Let’s look at some money for you. The second house in this chart is ruled by Saturn, the most elevated planet and resting in the Ninth house. Since Saturn and Mercury are mutually receiving one another, it seems your money is going to be going towards those court fees and then medical or pet expenses, hoping pet. The separating aspect between the Moon (ruling loss and other people’s money) and the applying Square of the Ascendant suggests a flow of money that easily flows from you to other people, but doesn’t so easily flow into your own pockets. Luckily, though, the Trine between Luna and Saturn is separating, and Saturn dominates it, so the situation will improve early in the year. Also, I enjoy Venus in the second house, if she had a positive aspect to that house lord, that’d be even better, but sadly, there’s no such thing. Venus is moving away from a conjunction with Neptune, and is on the star Sadalsuud of Aquarius, so called “The Luckiest of the Lucky”. Lucky in love and money this year? That would indeed be something.
I hate that this chart triples up on the houses ruled by Mercury and Jupiter. Jupiter is lord of the third house, and also the first, and twelfth. First impression is that a sibling becomes a hidden enemy, what with the depressed state of Jupiter, I consider this further because of Uranus being in the Third house, separation from a sibling. As far as domestics go, it seems like it’ll be a steady year for your house with not much changing. Mars is in exaltation, but is Combust of Sol, and the conjunction with Pluto suggests renovations and rearranging, get your feng shui on.
As far as relationships go, Venus’s conjunction with Sadalsuud seems to speak very clearly in that there will be plenty of opportunity and dating. However, I don’t think you’ll have much luck with finding a serious partner this year as the Lady of the Eighth carries the serious relationship prospect to you. All of this takes place in the Sign Jupiter is depressed in, suggesting incompatibility or not living up to expectations.